Yield to the Night

Yield to the Night (also titled Blonde Sinner) is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Diana Dors.[3] The film is based on the novel of the same title published in 1954 by Joan Henry.[4] The storyline bears a superficial resemblance to the Ruth Ellis case, which had occurred the previous year. The film received much positive critical attention, particularly for the unexpectedly skilled acting of Dors, who had previously been cast solely as a British version of the typical "blonde bombshell".[5] The movie was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

Yield to the Night
Theatrical poster to the US release of Yield to the Night (1956)
Directed byJ. Lee Thompson
Produced byKenneth Harper
Written byJohn Cresswell
Joan Henry
StarringDiana Dors
Music byRay Martin
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé
Release date
14 June 1956 (World Premiere, London)[1]
18 November 1956 (US)
Running time
99 mins.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£174,911[2]


Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, and she spends her last weeks in the condemned cell in a British women's prison. While there she remembers the events in her life leading up to the murder.



  1. "Yield to the Night". Art & Hue. 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p510
  3. "Yield to the Night (1956)". BFI.
  4. Williams, Melanie (30 June 2006). "Diana Dors: An angry young woman". The Independent. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  5. "BFI Screenonline: Yield to the Night (1956)".
  6. "Festival de Cannes: Yield to the Night". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 7 February 2009.

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